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Tom Brady the oldest player in NFL history to do this

Tom Brady the oldest player in NFL history to do this

The New England Patriots have had some issues getting their running game going this season. But on Thursday night against the New York Giants, they found a way to make things work near the goal line.

And a lot of that was thanks to Tom Brady.

During the game, Brady recorded 7 rushing attempts for 6 yards and attempted several QB sneaks. He was able to reach the end zone twice on the ground in this de facto goal-line back role. And that makes Brady the oldest player to ever record two rushing touchdowns in a single game, according to the ESPN Stats and Info Twitter account.

This wasn't the only milestone that Brady reached on Thursday night. He also moved to second all-time on the NFL's passing yards leaderboard. He surpassed Peyton Manning with a first quarter dump-off to Sony Michel.

Brady had only run for multiple touchdowns twice before Thursday's game against the Giants. He last achieved the feat on Dec. 24, 2011, when he had 9 rushing attempts (the second-highest number of his career) in a 27-24 Patriots victory over the Miami Dolphins.

Brady will likely continue to break records like this as long as his NFL career continues. After all, he is in his 20th season in the league and doesn't appear ready to retire at any point in the near future.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Rich Eisen on 'positively absurd' Spygate 2.0

Like most of the rest of the NFL world, Rich Eisen of the NFL Network is amazed that we are again talking about what has become known as Spygate 2.0 - the Patriots again being accused of taping an opposing teams' sideline - and the repercussions surrounding it. 

He joined Tom E. Curran's Patriots Talk Podcast to provide a little national perspective on the controversy and his first reaction was how "positively absurd" it was that the Pats are being accused of the same behavior that they were punished for back in 2007.

"If the Patriots did attempt something like this again, how remarkably brazen it would be," Eisen told Curran. "I couldn't imagine being in that press box and seeing that happen? That's what makes it so positively absurd. How does anybody that represents anything to do with the Patriots not know you're not supposed to shoot the other team's sideline?''

Eisen predicted that the Patriots' admission of a "unintended oversight" in taping the sideline of the Cincinnati Bengals - their opponent this week - while the Bengals were playing the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday, and Bill Belichick's adamant denial of knowing anything about the operation, won't prevent a hefty fine from being leveled by the NFL against the team. 

I'm sure there are a lot of people who are breathing fire at One Patriot Place," Eisen said. "Even if it was a clueless botched operation, I think the Patriots get fined. They still shot video of another teams' sideline and bottom line is that's a no-no, an absolute no-no.

"I'm assuming its a hefty fine for the team that's coming."

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Eisen's comments come near the end of the episode and former Patriots backup quarterback Matt Cassel joins Curran earlier and talks about how the original Spygate accusations back in '07 were a motivating factor for a Patriots team that went on to a 16-0 regular season.

"We were shocked at how it took on a life of its own," Cassel recalled. "It honestly was comical the way they took it, with people thinking we had it all figured out, we filmed them and we knew all their signs. The best thing that possibly could've happened is we came out for the rest of the season after the knowledge that Spygate took place and everyone saying 'That's why they won their Super Bowls' and we just dominated." 
 

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to slide in AFC

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Week 15 NFL Power Rankings: Patriots continue to slide in AFC

Through 13 weeks, it’s become clear that there are six good teams in the AFC and one very good, maybe great team. The Ravens are a complete team: offense, defense, special teams, coaching, situationally smart, tough, you name it.

Everybody else has the flaw that they’ll either need to cover up or overcome in the playoffs to get past Baltimore.